Paper? Plastic? Please don’t BYOB!

Okay I jumped on the bandwagon, I have reusable bags that I to take to the grocery store for my purchases.  These bags are everywhere. Businesses are selling them or giving them away and slapping a brand name logo on the side. Everyone’s doing their part for the environment, right?

My friend Joy, the bargain shopper, brought me a bag from TJ Maxx that was HUGE. I couldn’t believe it. I took that puppy into the grocery store once and it fit all the cereal boxes into it perfectly. I also have some very small bags that are great for items like cosmetics and gum.

But have you ever noticed? All those bags come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. There is no standard size, they are all different.

Here’s another observation. Those bags get really dirty using them over and over again. If you don’t get a plastic bag in the meat department to wrap your meat, it’ll ooze all over your bag. 

And you know what else? The baggers at the grocery store hate my bags. 

I was at the store and a checker looked at my bags and made fun of them. “Wow these bags are really small.”  I didn’t think anything of it letting it slide. But, then I had the same checker again and she made the same comment, again. I couldn’t believe it.

Then I got self-conscious. So I sorted through all my bags and made sure I had all similar sizes that were roomy and square on the bottom so they would sit well when being loaded.  I washed them, folded them neatly and had them sorted when I returned to the store for my shopping. 

Well the checkers liked me and my bags for a while but then another problem came up. The baggers wanted to treat my bags like the plastic bags. You know how it goes, they throw a few items in a bag and then toss it into the cart. Then they would run out of my bags and have to use the plastic bags.

Well, that did it. So now I’m practically bagging the groceries myself. The bagger is really looking at me now.  So I am bringing my bags, sorting the items as they are scanned, and bagging the items according to the size and shape of the bag. 

My family doesn’t understand why I hate shopping at the grocery store now. The fun is gone. All the planning. The grocery list, the coupons, and now the bags. I am exhausted before I pull into the parking lot. One place that is fun to shop is at Costco. The items are so big you barely need a bag or a box to put it in. The checkers just pile it all back in the cart and you wheel it out to your vehicle. If I need a bag for small items, it is already in the car!

BYOB? Bring your own bags? No booze!

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5 responses to “Paper? Plastic? Please don’t BYOB!

  1. Some places I always take reusable bags to: Trader Joe’s, Target, and Whole Foods. I typically go there for a few planned items and one or two bags will do it.

    For major grocery excursions, I let the store use plastic. We need them to scoop the kitty litter into, anyway, and I don’t have to worry about washing them as frequently as they need it.

  2. I really like the idea of taking your own bags. I always forget mine at home. Then I grumble about all of the plastic bags I have to throw out. I need to put them back in the car after I empty them.

    • I try to keep mine in the car. I am getting better about remembering. There is a plastic bag recycle bin I also found at the grocery store. I was excited to see that too.

  3. Well then, don’t throw the plastic ones out! I can’t stand to… there’s always uses for plastic bags if you happen to acquire them; trash bags, carrying a wet swimsuit, keeping something dry in a rainstorm, or just reuse the plastic bags at the grocery store, they do last for a while if no over enthusiastic bagger ties an impossible knot in the handles.

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